COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN BRIEF: Steffan, Woroniecki big late as Marauders’ rally falls shortBEMIDJI, Minn. — A pair of area natives tried to rally the University of Mary past Bemidji State on Saturday afternoon, but fell short in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football game.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A pair of area natives tried to rally the University of Mary past Bemidji State on Saturday afternoon, but fell short in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football game.
Dickinson native Tyler Steffan had a touchdown reception and Adam Woroniecki, a Hebron High School graduate, returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
But, it was too little too late for the Marauders as the Beavers held on for a 29-21 victory at Anderson Stadium.
Lance Rongstad threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another, all in the second quarter, to lead the Beavers. He had 261 yards passing and 48 yards rushing.
Steffan had three catches for 41 yards.
BSU 6 20 0 3 — 29
UM 7 0 0 14 — 21
UM–Elby Pope 9 pass from Zach Roberson (Tyler Ryan kick), 7:02.
BSU–Dustin Kroeplin 2 run (kick blocked), 1:30.
BSU–Justin Lee 45 pass from Lance Rongstad (Zach Pulkinen kick), 11:11.
BSU–Brent Kondziolka 42 pass from Rongstad (Pulkinen kick), 7:45.
BSU–Rongstad 15 run (kick failed), 3:21.
BSU– Zach Pulkinen 32 FG, 13:27.
UM–Tyler Steffan 11 pass from Roberson (run failed), 8:27.
UM–Adam Woroniecki 6 blocked punt return (DJ Young pass from Roberson), 2:13.
TEAM STATISTICS BSU Mary
First downs 21 18
Rushes-yards 50-183 23-72
Passing yards 222 268
Comp.-Att.-Int. 19-28-1 25-40-4
Total yards 405 340
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 6-53 7-47
Punts-Avg. 5-24 6-26
RUSHING: BSU, Justin Lee 3-10, Brent Kondziolka 2-11, Brad Hemling 1-2, Lance Rongstad, 16-48, Dustin Kroeplin 27-113. Mary, Elby Pope 1-26, Zach Roberson 3-4, Evan Gross 7-19, Dariouse Gravely, 12-23.
PASSING: BSU, Lance Rongstad 16-24-1 261, Alex Hass 3-4-0 (minus-39). Mary, Zach Roberson 25-40-4 268.
RECEIVING: BSU, Brian Leonhardt 7-93, Justin Lee 3-87, Brent Kondziolka 3-53, Christian Metz 2-21, Matt Gandrud 1-7, Dylan Valentine 1-(-4), Dan Christensen 1-(-15) Nick Moore 1-(-20). Mary, Elby Pope 10-123, Bryan Sandy 6-46, Tyler Steffan 3-41, Myron Baldoz-McArn 2-26, Jeremy Mayfield 2-14, DJ Young 1-9, Nick Jolliffe 1-9.
— The Press Staff
Montana State tops UC Davis 48-41, improves to 6-0
DAVIS, Calif. — Defensive tackle Zach Minter returned an interception 5 yards to the 1 to set up Tray Robinson’s go-ahead touchdown run in undefeated Montana State’s 48-41 victory over UC Davis on Saturday night.
Robinson’s 1-yard run on third down gave the Bobcats (6-0, 3-0 Big Sky) a 45-41 lead with 8:40 left, and Rory Perez added a 34-yard field goal with 2:23 left.
Montana State is 6-0 for the first time since winning its first eight games in 1978.
The Bobcats scored the final 24 points of the first half to take a 31-14 lead, but UC Davis (2-4, 1-2) countered with 24 straight points in the third quarter for a 38-31 advantage.
The Bobcats tied it at 38 on Robinson’s 1-yard run early in the fourth, and UC Davis pulled ahead again on Brady Stuart’s 28-yard field goal with 12:26 to go.
Montana State’s DeNarius McGhee was 27 of 41 for 334 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score. He also threw an interception that Jordan Glass returned 7 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
Nguyen, Montana roll past Northern Colorado 40-17
GREELEY, Colo. — Peter Nguyen ran for 159 yards and a touchdown to lead a strong team effort on the ground, and Montana spoiled Northern Colorado’s homecoming Saturday with a 40-17 victory.
Trent McKinney and Nate Harris also scored rushing touchdowns for the Grizzlies (3-3, 1-2 Big Sky), who totaled 294 yards rushing. McKinney added 142 yards passing and hooked up with Cam Warren for a 17-yard score, and Caleb Walden intercepted a pass on a fake punt and returned it 18 yards for a TD.
Montana led just 10-0 at halftime, and Dominic Gunn made it 10-7 when he returned the second-half kickoff 98 yards for a score for the Bears (1-4, 0-2). It was all Grizzlies after that.
Florida uses stifling defense to upend No. 4 LSU 14-6
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This was old-school football at its best, the kind of performance only Southeastern Conference loyalists could love. And Florida — yes Florida — was the team putting on a show.
Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing the 10th-ranked Gators to life in the second half as they upended No. 4 LSU 14-6 Saturday.
Led by Gillislee and a dominant defense, Florida’s grind-it-out victory avenged a 41-11 loss in Baton Rouge last season, handed the Tigers their first regular-season loss in 19 games and gave coach Will Muschamp a signature win in his second season.
NC State stuns
No. 3 Florida State 17-16
RALEIGH, N.C. — Mike Glennon found Bryan Underwood for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 16 seconds left, helping North Carolina State rally to beat third-ranked Florida State 17-16 on Saturday night.
The Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) appeared poised to strengthen their grip on their division, leading 16-0 at halftime behind a dominating defensive performance. But the Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1) inched closer after halftime before coming up with a game-turning blocked punt by Mike Rose with 2:27 left, giving the ball back to Glennon at the FSU 43 with a chance to complete a stunning comeback.
Miller’s 186 yards, big plays spur Buckeyes, 63-38
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Braxton Miller rushed for 186 yards, zig-zagging 72 yards for one score and passing for another, to lead No. 12 Ohio State past No. 21 Nebraska 63-38 on Saturday night before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium.
Miller broke his own QB rushing mark at Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten). Corey Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a TD, Bradley Roby brought back an interception 41 yards and Carlos Hyde scored on four runs before a raucous crowd of 106,102 in the Horseshoe’s 90th season.
Taylor Martinez ran for two scores but was intercepted three times for defenseless Nebraska (4-2, 1-1).
No. 9 Notre Dame runs over Miami 41-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III gave Notre Dame its first 100-yard rushing duo in a decade, and Everett Golson came off the bench to lead the No. 9 Irish to a 41-3 victory over Miami on Saturday night in what was a very tame sequel to the famed “Catholics vs. Convicts” rivalry.
Wood rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Atkinson added 123 yards and another score. Golson, who sat the first series as punishment for violating team rules, completed his first six passes and finished 17 of 22 as Notre Dame improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2002.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Miami (4-2), which was held to just 285 yards after piling up 1,260 yards and 86 points in its previous two games.
— The Associated Press